The Palace of the Dead, which is also called the Deep Dungeon, is a constantly changing dungeon that poses to be an exciting challenge for players who want to test their abilities in the game and earn powerful rewards. This dungeon works a little different from other ones, which makes it imperative that you know what you are getting into to develop the most appropriate strategy.to overcome it.
POTD is designed in a way that allows you (the player) to enter the dungeon at level one and without any armor and still complete it while acquiring tons of experience and gear. This article is an FFXIV guide for the palace of the dead and fast leveling, and the following describes how to unlock POTD and level out of it:
Accessing the POTD
Before you can access the Palace of the Dead, you need first to unlock it, which can only be done when you reach level 17 in any fighting class. Once you enter level 17, you have to go to the Adventurer’s Guild in New Gridania, where you will be given the quest that requires you to seek out the Deep Dungeon.
While POTD is not very difficult to locate or access, you are expected to meet the requirements before proceeding to the deep dungeon. To gain access to the duty, head to the Quarrymill located west of the South Shroud and talk to the designated NPC.
Note that if the quest is unavailable, you should confirm if you completed the MSQ “Into a Copper Hell.”
Gear and Loot System
While traveling across the deep dungeon, you will find various chests–bronze, silver, and gold–between two transformations in frogs. These chests can be any one of mimics, traps, explosives, or they can give you loots.
When they give loots, the bronze chests give loot currencies that can be traded outside POTD. The silver chests enable you to upgrade your Aetherpool Gears. And the golden chests contain Loot Pomanders, which can be used to augment loots, reduce enemy numbers, and ensure your victory.
Note: Ensure you do not hoard your Pomanders and use them when you find them necessary as they work in the deep dungeon alone.
Apart from those above, there are other rewards in POTD; however, players focus on three primary rewards: Peotics, Gelmorran Potsherds, and Aetherpool Gear.
- Peotics can be traded for several useful items.
- Gelmorran Potsherds are rare and hard-to-find currencies used to acquire certain essential items like Sustaining Potions or Disembodied Head Resonator.
- Aetherpool Gears are the most critical rewards as they can be used to acquire i235 weapons.
Working in a Team
One of the most important things you should note is that when you start the dungeon with a team, every member of the team will begin at level 1 without any gear. (You can choose to play POTD alone, but be aware that you will level up faster and have a better experience when you are in a team).
One of the challenges of the dungeon—which is part of what makes it fun—is grinding your way to acquiring essential gear and leveling up in stages. Eventually, you will reach a floor you will be unable to get through due to the lack of sufficient gear. At this point, you have to restart and start grinding upwards again to gain better Aetherpool equipment, until you can overcome the final floors.
Another important detail you have to consider is the presence of a healer within your team as this is more important than how well the team fights. This is because the tactics and cohesiveness of your team, rather than how well each individual member can fight, is enough to overcome the deep dungeon.
This, therefore, makes it imperative that you include at least one healer to accompany your DPS classes as they will start being highly effective from around floor 20. Healer have the ability to save you and prevent you from going back to the restart point. They can also help to reduce your overall grinding time.
- No matter how tempting it is, do not rush through floors or sprint close to chests as they are often littered with traps and bombs that can damage you and your team. Ensure you exercise caution and take your time while you work through each floor dodging every damaging items.
- Work with your team as a team. Fight and travel as a team. Cover each of your backs and don’t go wandering off. It is alright to scout, however, always stay close to one another and watch out for yourselves.
- Chests are often booby trapped; hence, when you see a fight looming, focus on winning the fight before you start looting the chest. Be patient and avoid being the reason why a chunk of your team’s health is removed before a fight.
- If you want any of Peotics, Gelmorran Potsherds or you want to complete a challenge, ensure you go as far as possible beyond floor 50. If you, however, want an i235 weapon, you don’t have to go far. All you need is a set of Arms and Armor that are both +30 that you can trade for an i235 weapon.
- Saving your progress on POTD uses two save files that work independently of each other for the most part. It is important to keep these files updated because it is what you’ll revert to when you fall in battle. Overwriting these files will restart your progress apart from your Aetherpool Gear which is permanent. You may want to get far on one save. Start over on the other save until you get as far as you can and then reset both.
Ensure you adhere to this FFXIV guide for the palace of the dead and fast leveling to level up out of the deep dungeon as soon as possible.